Talbot Avenue church to be replaced with smaller church, 40 apartments

Rendering by Rode Architects of proposed building

Rendering by Rode Architects of the view along Talbot Avenue.

The Zoning Board of Appeal on Tuesday approved a developer's plan to replace Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 500 Talbot Ave. at Argyle Street, with a four-story apartment building.

JPA Development Co. of Braintree will reserve about 2,000 square feet of space in the building's first floor for a smaller space for the church, which has seen its flock shrink in recent years to the point it was having trouble keeping up the existing church building, the developer's attorney, John Pulgini, told the board at a hearing Tuesday morning.

Five of the units in the building, which will have 7 studios, 22 one-bedroom units and 11 three-bedroom units, will be rented as affordable. The building will have 23 parking spaces in an underground garage and a second first-floor space that will be rented to a store or business.

The offices of Mayor Walsh and City Councilors Andrea Campbell, Michael Flaherty and Annissa Essaibi-George spoke in favor of the proposal. Nobody spoke against. The BPDA approved the proposal last fall.

500 Talbot Ave. small-project review application (7.5M PDF).

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